Role of the alveolar macrophage in pulmonary bacterial defense.

This review concerns the role of the alveolar macrophage as part of the coordinated mucociliary, macrophge and immune bacterial defense mechanisms of the lung. Alveolar macrophages are end-stage phagocytes that are derived from two precursor sources; an uncommitted pleuripotential hematopoietic stem cell, and a committed differentiated pulmonary precursor… CONTINUE READING